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Publication date: 8th February 2012

Property Market Monthly Fact File – February 2012
The property market fact file is a collection of data compiled each month by our chartered surveyors and the team, collating survey data, statistics and related trends and information from the building and property market. This will help many persons with an interest in property to gain an accurate view of what is happening in the property market as a whole in the UK.
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Restrictive covenant upheld despite planning permission
Ref: Zenios v Hampstead Garden Suburb Trust Ltd [2011] EWCA Civ 1645
The Court of Appeal has recently upheld a ruling of the Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber) that alterations to the external appearance of any house within the suburb in question are not allowed and that this restrictive covenant is not to be modified; serving as an important reminder that gaining planning permission does not necessarily give you ‘carte blanche’ to change your home.
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200,000 homes will face insurance difficulties when Statement of Principles concludes
The Association of British Insurers (ABI) has indicated that up to 200,000 homes at risk of flooding in populous areas like Nottingham and Skegness could become uninsurable next year.
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Government takes fight over Solar FITs to Supreme Court
Ref: Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change v. Friends of the Earth and others [2012] EWCA Civ 28
After being defeated in both the Court of Appeal and the High Court on plans to cut solar energy Feed-In-Tariff (FIT) payments, the Department for Energy and Climate Change is now pursuing a further and final appeal to the Supreme Court.
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Registered and Unregistered land in England and Wales – A Guide
The law in England and Wales specifies two different systems of land classification whereby the title to land is proved during the conveyancing process – ie. Evidence is presented to demonstrate legal rights to a piece of property. These are ‘registered’ and ‘unregistered’ and both have distinct characteristics and operations.
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Public given opportunity to ‘vote out’ weakest housing and construction regs
Communities Minister Baroness Hanham is asking people to ‘vote out’ policies they think are the weakest links, in a drive to eliminate ineffective and unnecessary regulations from the country's housing laws. Have your say on what should go...
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Bespoke ‘City Deals’ to be extended to minor cities in effort to boost growth
Cities Minister Greg Clark has announced on 23 Jan that more cities in England will now be offered the opportunity to agree a bespoke deal with Government to unlock their potential to drive economic growth.
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Election date announced for Cities keen to elect mayors
The coalition’s attempt to unlock growth in cities has taken another step forward with Cities Minister Greg Clark announcing the date for mayoral elections. A number of Britain’s 11 biggest cities, could end up with their very own Boris.
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Medieval Barn on par with Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey bought by English Heritage
A barn built in 1426 and extremely well preserved has been bought by English Heritage to ‘save it from neglect and decay’. The price was just £20,000 for the Grade 1 listed building; the highest level of protection afforded by English Heritage which includes such lofty company as the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey.
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Dealing with Nuisance Pests – Homeowners guide
Pests are a common problem amongst UK properties seen all too frequently by Chartered Surveyors of the network. All kinds of pests can cause problems in your property, but your local council may well be able to provide you with a cost effective way of getting rid of them.
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In case you missed it….. Star Ship Enterprise set to be lost in Devastating Divorce!
Hidden away within a block of flats in Hinckley, Leicestershire, is the product of ten years’ hard work, over £4000 and the estimated equivalent of hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of labour costs. Mr Tony Alleyne has spent a large part of his life lovingly recreating the bridge of the Star Ship Enterprise in his one bedroom flat and he looks set to lose it all in a messy divorce.
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